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Petrol-electric model offered in both front and four-wheel drive.

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A hybrid version will be among the new Honda CR-V range at the Paris motor show on Tuesday 2nd October.

The hybrid is a new addition alongside petrol versions of the CR-V that were revealed at the Geneva motor show in March.

When the petrol-electric model goes on sale in early 2019, it will be the brand’s first hybrid SUV on the European market.

Honda will offer the hybrid in both front and all-wheel-drive versions, with a combined power output of 184hp. The front-wheel-drive variant offers combined cycle fuel economy of 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 120g/km, the all-wheel-drive version 51.4mpg and 126g/km.

These figures will make the hybrid CR-V a direct contender against diesel models from rival manufacturers, such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq.

An intelligent control unit, dubbed i-MMD, automatically switches between three driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive to make the most of the hybrid SUV’s economy and performance.

Among other versions of the CR-V on display in Paris will be petrol-powered models and a new seven-seater option.

The petrol version will be the first on sale later in 2018 – it uses a 1.5-litre turbo engine with either six-speed manual or CVT transmission. Prices will range from £25,995.

Honda will also reveal a mid-life revamp for its HR-V SUV in Paris. Updates to the exterior styling and the interior feature, along with the addition of a number of latest technologies.

When it goes on sale, the HR-V will be offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, which will be joined in Spring 2019 by a turbo version and a 1.6-litre diesel.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.